NEIL Hamilton, MS for Mid & West Wales and Leader of UKIP Wales, is urging his constituents to buy their Christmas turkey from the farm where it was produced.
Mr Hamilton, a member of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs committee, is once again backing a farming union’s campaign to encourage shoppers to purchase the festive birds direct from their local turkey producer.
“As a keen supporter of Welsh products and farmers in Wales I am delighted to support this very worthy campaign and encourage people to buy locally.
“It is important for people to realise the immense contribution farmers make to our economy but also how they contribute to wider life in Wales.
“Not only do they produce the nation’s food, but they also have a role to play in many other ways, including enhancing the environment, boosting the Welsh economy, supporting tourism and in turn, educating the next generation.
“We all need to do our bit to support them. I shall certainly be buying my turkey from a local farmer and urge everyone to do the same.”
The NFU’s #BuyMyTurkey day is on Friday December 4 and everyone is being urged to get involved.
The campaign encourages shoppers to buy their Christmas turkey direct from the farm where it was produced.
People who cannot buy from their local farm are also being reminded to look for the Red Tractor logo on the packaging when supermarket shopping.
To help raise the profile of the campaign both NFU members and the wider public are also being asked to post across social media using the hashtag – #BuyMyTurkey – on Friday December4.
In previous years the campaign has been hugely successful in promoting buying local and British Turkeys for Christmas.
NFU turkey group chair Michael Bailey said: “The NFU Turkey Finder is a fantastic free promotional tool for any farm fresh turkey business selling direct to the consumer from the farm gate.
“The online postcode search tool is easy to use and directs new customers to your business, with options to display your website, phone number and email address.
“The latest update to the Turkey Finder has made the search tool even more user friendly, making it easier for customers to find your business details which is beneficial as the highest margins will always be from direct sales at the farm gate.”
For more information and to find your local turkey producer, via the NFU Turkey Finder tool, go to https://www.nfu-cymru.org.uk/news/latest-news/get-involved-with-buymyturkey-day/.